This easy quesadilla recipe turns shredded turkey leftovers into a warm,crispy quesadilla full of melting cheese with a cajun twist.
Leftover Turkey Quesadilla
If you have leftover turkey from the big Thanksgiving dinner or you’re looking for a quick dinner idea, this recipe is just what you need.
Quesadillas can be considered a quick snack or you can add sides like beans and rice to turn this into a meal.
Shredded Turkey Quesadillas
This recipe calls for shredded turkey. This very simple to do, I have two simple methods that I use.
Put the turkey into the shallow bowl or platter. You’ll need two forks. Use one fork to hold the meat and the second fork to pull apart the meat. Continue this process until you have shredded all the meat.
The second option is to cut the leftover turkey into chunks. Place it in a deep bowl and use an electric mixer to shred the meat.
The reason we are using shredded meat instead of ground turkey is that shredding the turkey will improve the texture and allow us to toss the meat in the cajun butter.
What's good to put in a quesadilla?
Quesadillas only require a few simple ingredients and you can customize them however you’d like. The main thing you’ll need is flour tortillas and cheese.
We are also using shredded turkey as our protein and using vegetables red and yellow bell peppers.
Cajun Butter Recipe For Turkey
Even if you didnt make your turkey the first time around with this cajun seasoning, it’s never too late to turn your leftover meat into this moist, flavorful turkey for quesadillas.
You’ll need butter, garlic, garlic power, onion powder, paprika, ground black pepper and cayene pepper.
Mixing all of this together will give us a flavor packed butter sauce.
What kind of tortillas do you use for quesadillas?
It’s best to use flour tortillas instead of corn tortillas for this turkey quesadilla recipe. Flour tortillas will hold our ingriedents together and they will be able to withstand the flipping in the skillet.
How do you make quesadillas stick together?
Place one flour tortilla in the skillet on medium heat. Sprinkle a little cheese on top of the tortilla.
Add the turkey with bell pepper and more shredded cheese. You can partially cover the pan to help the ingredients melt faster.
Once the cheese is almost completely melted, use a spatula to carefully flip one edge of the tortilla and fold it over.
Press down with the spatula and cook uncovered for about 1 minute or until the tortilla becomes crispy.
Alternative Recipe Idea
If you would like to turn your leftover shredded turkey into tacos its really easy! You can use smaller flour tortillas and fill them with the cajun butter turkey and bell peppers.
Top your tacos with cilantro and sour cream. Garnish with a lime.
If you want to try an alternative salsa with your turkey quesadillas be sure to check out this recipe for cranberry salsa from Taste of Home.
Notes about the turkey quesadilla recipe:
Flour tortillas can absorb lots of oil. In order to avoid soggy quesadillas, use a non stick pan or a little just a little oil to lightly coat the pan.
Quesadillas can burn easily, there’s no need to turn the cooktop way up. Medium heat will work just fine.
Keep your quesadilla fillings on the light side. Heaping them with the filling will only make them more difficult to flip.
Cajun Butter Turkey Quesadillas
- non stick pan
- 2 cups turkey shredded
- 1 cups cheddar cheese shredded
- 4 medium flour tortillas
- 1 medium red bell pepper sliced
- 1 medium yellow bell pepper sliced
- fresh cilantro for garnish
- 1 medium lime cut into wedges
- sour cream as needed
Cajun Butter Sauce
- 4 oz unsalted butter
- 3 bulbs garlic peeled, minced
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
For Cajun Butter Sauce
- In a mixing bowl, combine garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, ground black pepper, cayenned pepper and mix well.
- Heat a skillet on medium high heat, melt unsalted butter then add minced garlic. Saute the garlic until it turns golden brown color, then add the spice mixture.
- Stir until everything is combined completely. Remove the skillet from the heat. Set the Cajun sauce aside.
- In a skillet over medium high heat, add 1 to 2 tbsp of vegeteble oil. Then add shredded leftover turkey and saute for 1 minute.
- Add enough butter Cajun sauce to coat the turkey completely. Turn off the heat. Set the turkey aside.
- Place 1 flour tortilla in a non-stick cooking pan over medium heat, no oil. Sprinkle a little bit of shredded cheddar cheese on top of the tortilla.
- Then add turkey followed by more shredded cheese and bell pepper.
- When the cheese is almost completely melted, use a rubber spatula and carefully flip the edge of the tortilla to fold it over. Press down lightly and cook uncovered for 1 minute or until the tortilla crust becomes crispy.
- Transfer it to a cutting board and cut in half. Serve immediately.
For Mini Tacos
- Use a cookie cutter to cut a medium flour taco into 3 or 4 mini tacos. Heat them up on a non-stick pan over medium heat or in a microwave.
- Add a tiny amount of sour cream on the taco followed by shredded turkey, bell pepper, and garnish with shredded cheese cilantro.
- Serve immediately with a side of lime wedge.
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